Photo of ultrarunner feeding her baby goes viral

The UK woman paused mid-race to breastfeed

Content Editor / September 13 2018

British ultrarunner Sophie Power was running the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc and arranged with her husband to meet at aid stations along the route so she could feed her three-month-old son, Cormac.

The athlete is a regular competitor in endurance events but stopped running when she was five months pregnant. She kept her fitness levels up however by continuing to work out regularly.

“In a typical race I would get in and out of the aid stations as quickly as possible but here I had to focus on keeping down enough food for me and for Cormac, and resting,” she told Sky News.

A week ago I was at the top of Flegere about to run down the mountain into Chamonix and finish UTMB. I'd had 20 minutes sleep over 2 nights - my body was tired and I was hallucinating. What kept me going was how excited I knew Donnacha was about running with me to the finish. He'd done his race earlier in the week and had waited so patiently for 2 days to help me on mine. This captures the picture in my mind so beautifully. I did have to tell him to slow down though! #utmb #runnersworld #ultrarunning
A week ago I was at the top of Flegere about to run down the mountain into Chamonix and finish UTMB. I'd had 20 minutes sleep over 2 nights - my body was tired and I was hallucinating. What kept me going was how excited I knew Donnacha was about running with me to the finish. He'd done his race earlier in the week and had waited so patiently for 2 days to help me on mine. This captures the picture in my mind so beautifully. I did have to tell him to slow down though! #utmb #runnersworld #ultrarunning

Sophie finished a 107-mile non-stop run around Mount Blanc climbing 10,000m in 43.5 hours while continuing to feed her child.

Despite the media interest, the modest mum of two posted on Instagram saying that the story was not about her.

“It’s a story about the daily struggle of being a new Mum,” Sophie shared. “A story about the need to nurture our babies the best we can. And the importance to prioritise our physical and mental health - to be ourselves as well as be a mother.

This wasnt about making a point about a rule. This was about spending 2 days with myself in the mountains just focused on putting one foot in front of the other. Taking a mental break from the juggles and stresses of daily life and a difficult few months to clear my mind. Returning completely refreshed ready to take on the world again. #motherhood #mentalhealth
This wasnt about making a point about a rule. This was about spending 2 days with myself in the mountains just focused on putting one foot in front of the other. Taking a mental break from the juggles and stresses of daily life and a difficult few months to clear my mind. Returning completely refreshed ready to take on the world again. #motherhood #mentalhealth

“I have been overwhelmed by the positivity and supportive messages. They are for all mothers for we are all in this together.”

What a legend!